Yearly Archive: 2015

Dec 05

Fancy guppy, platy, molly and swordtail pedigree types

Fancy guppies, platies, mollies and swordtails All the four popular livebearers available in your local shop are pedigree varieties or cross breeds. You will not find wild type (fish found in the wild or resemble fish from the wild) livebearers for sale. These fancy livebearer fish have been developed over many years of selective breeding. …

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Nov 28

Saltwater fish food

Feeding saltwater fish Different fish have different diets Saltwater fish food is not as easy to get right as for freshwater fish. Depending on the type of marine fish you have, they will have different feeding needs. There are the seafood eaters who will require bits of fish or seafood tidbits. Then there are the …

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Nov 28

Saltwater aquarium maintenance

Saltwater aquarium maintenance Daily tasks in saltwater aquarium maintenance Once your saltwater aquarium has become properly established with all the fish, corals and invertebrates that you want and the liverock has developed a healthy colony of de-nitrifying bacteria and other micro-organisms then your job should start to get easier. This process may take a few …

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Nov 23

Common livebearer illnesses: how to recognise and treat them

Common livebearer illnesses Most tank raised livebearers are quite healthy fish. In other words they hardly ever get sick as long as their aquarum is kept clean and healthy and nothing goes wrong such as a faulty heater. However, dirty water, overcrowded aquariums, overfeeding or even a poor diet can lead to livebearers getting sick. …

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Nov 16

Fish coloration

Coloration in fish How do fish colours come about? Fish coloration is formed by the reflection and absorption of various parts of the spectrum of light inside specialised cells. This is achieved by various layers of colour forming cells, such as crystals in the skin(iridophores), pigment cells(Chromatophores) and underlying flesh colours. Pigment cells are of …

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Nov 09

Fish anatomy

Anatomy of fish The shape of a fish’s body tells you a lot about its behaviour in the wild. Long stream-lined fish are usually lake or river fish. Being streamlined helps a fish to swim faster in rapid moving waters or open bodies of water such as a large lake. Short or stocky fish are …

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Nov 03

Feeding guppies, mollies, platies and other livebearers

Feeding guppies, mollies, platies and other livebearers Feeding livebearers can be easy especially the commonly found livebearers, but to get the best results then care must be taken with their diet. Most livebearers are omnivorous, eating both animal matter and vegetable matter. Other livebearers are mostly vegetarian such as the platy and goodeid livebearer. And …

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Oct 11

Maintaining a healthy livebearer aquarium

Healthy water leads to healthy fish The secret to keeping┬áhealthy livebearers is in keeping the water they live in healthy and suitable for them to live in. The major element in maintaining healthy water is the continuous removal of pollution from the water. Where does aquarium pollution come from? Pollution in the┬álivebearer aquarium comes from …

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Sep 26

Your first saltwater aquarium: Step by step guide

Your first saltwater aquarium: Step by step guide Buy and assemble all the equipment Equipment you will need A 120 litre 4 foot tank. This is a basic minimum size. Buy a hood with a normal lighting system. You will also need a protein skimmer, An external power filter, 300w heater, A thermometer and hydrometer …

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Sep 25

Fish adaptation in the wild

Fish adaption in the wild Fish as a group are one of nature’s success stories. Fish can be found in nearly all bodies of water and on occasion can be found flopping onto land. Even the most inhospitable bodies of water such as suphurous thermal springs, ponds that dry up in summer, the deepest part …

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